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Meanwhile children are sleeping in cars in NYC
Since we give up 50% + of our income in taxes, it is ok to get some benefit from it for our dogs.
Dog: "Huh...where are all the familiar smells? Where do I go? Is this okay?"
@noble -- in one comment, you complain about dogs pooping on 12th St. In the next, you complain that funds to make small improvements to a very-well-used dog run should have gone to poor children, instead. Some people just like to whine about everything.....
They do? They should be in shelters with their parent(s). If you see kids sleeping in a car call ACS. NYC spends over 2 billion a year on homeless services- they have a budget bigger than the FDNY. There are shelter beds available for anyone who needs one. That has nothing to do with this. NYC spends less than 1 percent of its budget on parks.
If it's something you care about start a non profit and raise funds to help them.
To Noble N.:Park users may not realize this but the Tompkins Square dog run relies entirely on community donations for its upkeep and financial support.Most New York City dog parks are maintained through a public and private trust with New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation and the user group dedicated to each dog park.Parks provides the land but dog owners must contribute funding for materials & operations, as well as keep the dog run clean and encourage responsible use.
Nothing at all noble about the first comment to this post. As I understand it this upgrade was privately funded.
Wow the slightest suggestion that dogs have better lives than poor children really get's dog lovers teeth showing. I know the history of the TSP dog run, I believe the first in the city, there's a bit on Wikipedia about it. I have no problem with dogs just (some) dog owners.... oh wait I mean dog "parents", sign.
@noble - meanwhile there are people starving in Africa! Meanwhile we've got a global climate change crisis! Meanwhile there are thousands of homeless drug addicts who aren't getting any help! There are lots of "meanwhiles", but doing good in society is not a zero-sum game, and it's quite narrow-minded for you to think that by funding a small improvement to a dog park means people don't care about other humanitarian causes like poverty or homeless children. Those things aren't going to be written about as often because it takes time to solve those problems and people aren't interested in the 100s of steps to get there. And there's nothing wrong with being a dog "parent" -- animals deserve love too, and to think it's at the expense of children is naive.
The 2 dog parks are now a good illustration of Eagleton vs Pawnee.–Helm
Your small dog run is beautiful. How is the artificial grass holding up? Does anyone know what type it is (manufacturer, product name and/or dealer? Thanks, I can't wait to visit when I'm fully vaccinated. My reply to comments critical of improving public amenities before solving all the ills of society is that if we neglect to strive for a comfortable standard of living and instead put all our resources into hunger and homelessness which OF COURSE are important and pressing matters, before long our city will be a dismal mecca for the hungry and homeless as taxpayers who want to live in a comfortable, vibrant environment flee to greener pastures. I'm on a low fixed income but I rescue animals and give to the local food pantry. Do we ALL need to suffer deprivation because many of us do?
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